Insight or Vipassana meditation is the simple practice of observing one’s direct experience in this very moment, with a gently relaxed, open and careful awareness. By learning to be present with this attitude, we are able to access our natural qualities – a spacious calm clear mind; a warm and peaceful heart.
Life is experienced as a constantly changing process, and all its aspects: pain, fear and joy, can be accepted with increasing balance.
As our practice takes root, the fruit it bears is in finding that we respond to the inevitable joys and sorrows of life with increasing sensitivity, stability and kindness.
This central teaching of the Buddha has been practiced continuously throughout South East Asia for over 2,500 years.
Metta or Loving Kindness meditation attunes us to our natural and great capacity for connecting with and caring for ourselves and others. It is true friendliness. As we practice, we deliberately nurture our heart’s spontaneous affinity for peacefulness and kindness, acceptance and forgiveness. The practices of Metta (Loving Kindness) and Vipassana (Clear Seeing) intertwine and are mutually supportive.